Four of my favorite things: audiobooks, young adult literature, free stuff, and summertime (more time to read!). If you agree, read on because …
Sync 2018 is live as of April 26! SYNCis a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. For each week in the 2018 season (which runs for thirteen weeks total), SYNC will make two titles available for free. Once you download them to the device of your choice, they are yours forever! That’s two thematically matched, high interest audiobook downloads a week!
Why, you ask? Because SYNC (sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and powered by OverDrive) exists to bring the listening experience to the teen audience! Sign up to receive notifications when each week’s FREE audiobook downloads are available. You can receive alerts by text, email, or by visiting www.audiobooksync.com. Check out SYNC’s amazing 2018 line-up of classics, bestsellers, nonfiction, and award-winning young adult books today!
Big Library Read is the first-ever “global eBook club,” connecting people around the world who read the same eBook (or listen to the audiobook) at the same time! The new selection is Flat Broke with Two Goats: A Memoir of Appalachia by Jennifer McGaha! This is a charming true story of the author’s unexpected journey from country chic to backwoods barnyard. In other words, when life gets your goat … bring in the herd!
Here’s a quick summary from the publisher:
When Jennifer discovered that she and her husband owed back taxes—a lot of back taxes—her world changed. They foreclosed on their beloved suburban home and moved their family to a one-hundred-year-old cabin in a North Carolina holler. Soon enough, Jennifer’s life began to closely resemble her Appalachian ancestors. But what started as a last-ditch effort to settle debts became a journey that revealed both the joys and challenges of living close to the land. Flat Broke with Two Goats blends stories of homesteading with the journey of a family rediscovering the true meaning of home.
April 2 – 16, 2018, unlimited copies of the e-book and audiobook are available for checkout through OverDrive! Just visit Delco.Overdrive.com (you’ll need a Delaware County Library System card for this one), and borrow the Big Library Readtoday!
On Wednesday, January 31, Ridley High School students had an opportunity to Skype with bestselling author Victoria Aveyard. She is the author of the Red Queen fantasy series, which will conclude in May with a fourth and final installment, War Storm. Red Queen depicts a world divided by blood: commoners with Red Blood serve the Silver-blooded, magical elite. As a commoner, Mare shouldn’t have any special abilities … but when her latent powers manifest in front of a noble court, she is forced to assume the role of lost princess before risking everything to help a growing rebellion.
From her home in California (and with a guest appearance by her dog Indy), Victoria chatted with students about how she was inspired to write the Red Queen series, the joy of plot twists, how she tackles the problem of writer’s block, and the challenges of writing a four-book series without leaving any plot holes. Our students came prepared with thoughtful questions and enjoyed Victoria’s insights into the career of a full-time, professional writer.Extra thanks to Ms. Monte, Ms. Koszarek, Mr. Breckenridge, Ms. Pena, and all of the student participants for contributing to this successful event!
Stop by the Ridley High School Library anytime to browse and borrow one of these brand new books for cooks, which also happen to be perfect for maintaining your New Year’s Resolutions! There’s something here for every taste and kitchen comfort level, from family-friendly feasts to more elegant menus for entertaining. Check one out today!
Half Baked Harvest Cookbook: Recipes from My Barn in the Mountains by Tieghan Gerard
Kids Cook!: 100+ Super-Easy, Delicious Recipes from Good Housekeeping
Sheet Pan Cooking: 70 Easy Recipes from Good Housekeeping
The Summer Table: Recipes and Menus for Casual Outdoor Entertaining by Lisa Lemke
The Winter Table: Fireside Feasts for Family and Friends by Lisa Lemke
Power Bowls: 100 Perfectly Balanced Meals in a Bowl by Christal Sczebel
The Grand Central Market Cookbook: Cuisine and Culture from Downtown Los Angeles by Adele Yellin and Kevin West
If you’ve stopped by the library lately, maybe you’ve seen the Pickett’s Picks bulletin board, Spring 2018 Edition! It features brand new books from favorite authors, intriguing debut novels, must-read crossover releases, and at least one jaw-dropping cover (can you guess which one?). Here are just a few of the books that I’m looking forward to reading and sharing with students at Ridley High School during the upcoming semester. What are YOUR picks?? Leave a comment and let me know!
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
In Zélie’s world, magic has disappeared and magis are targeted by a ruthless king. Seventeen year-old Zélie has always feared she would share the fate of her mother, who was assassinated by the king’s guards. With the help of her brother and the fugitive Crown Princess, Zélie sets off on a journey to restore her people’s magical abilities. Get ready for danger, magic, and star-crossed romance!
A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena
In this debut novel set in Saudi Arabia, where the law forbids romantic relationships outside of marriage, two teens fall in love with tragic consequences.
The Wild Inside by Jamey Bradbury This electrifying debut is a fusion of psychological thriller and coming-of-age tale: Trapper/hunter Tracy Petrikoff knows her way around the Alaskan wilderness but can’t remember what happened when she was attacked in the woods. This has been described as “the Bronte sisters meet Stephen King”; need I say more?
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton In a world where Beauty is a commodity only a few control, one Belle will learn the dark secrets behind her powers, and rise up to change the world.
Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
When Marvin Johnson’s twin brother, Tyler, is shot and killed by a police officer, Marvin must fight injustice to learn the true meaning of freedom. This one puts me in mind of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and I can’t wait to read it!
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Anna Fox lives alone–a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine, watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors. But when Anna sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble. Twisty, ingenious, and moving.
Relative Strangers by Paula Garner
A simple quest to find a baby picture for the senior yearbook leads to an earth-shattering discovery: for most of the first two years of her life, Jules lived in foster care. Reeling from feelings of betrayal and with only the flimsiest of clues, Jules sets out to learn the truth about her past. This is a poignant coming-of-age novel about making peace with missing pieces from the author of Phantom Limbs.
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
The new novel from the beloved author of bestseller The Nightingale!
Alaska, 1974. Untamed. Unpredictable. And for a family in crisis, the ultimate test of the human spirit.
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
At once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive, Dread Nation is Justina Ireland’s stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar: a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet. Also, it’s the Civil War plus the undead and I am so here for it!!
Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough A stunning debut novel-in-verse based on the true story of the iconic painter, Artemisia Gentileschi. Enduring the subjugation of women, rape, and torture, Artemisia is buoyed by her deceased mother’s stories of strong women of the Bible.
It’s a holiday tradition! Magazines, newspapers, and Web sites like Amazon.com select the best books of the year just in time for holiday shopping and New Year’s Resolution reading lists. Every list is unique, but some of these young adult novels are turning up everywhere; they really are the best of the best! And there’s something for everyone here: a teenager’s quest to find her biological family, a once-a-year performance of a fantasy game show, the brotherly bond between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh, a hundred-year old skeleton that reveals painful secrets from the past, a teenage coder who glitches herself into a high-stakes online tournament, a ghostly sixty-second elevator ride, and a mythic lost city. Each of these books is available in the library, so check one out today! #BestBooks2017! #SoManyGreatBooks! #GetReading!
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman